Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Wyandotte and that means vacation plans are on the horizon. While you’re figuring out what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what is left behind, your home. The Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning team has some tips that will help keep your home secure and help save some money on your utility bills while you revel in a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are an inexpensive way to make your home look as though you’re still home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a good idea to program your lights to correspond with your typical schedule. Enlist the help of a house-sitter - If you have a reliable friend or family member, ask them if they’d mind stopping by and [[checking in on|check up on|look over]18 the house while you’re away. There’s no greater peace of mind than a text while you’re away letting you know that everything at home is perfect. Wait to share - We aren’t going to ask you not to share photos of your amazing vacation on social media, but try to hold off until after you return to post anything about your trip. Family and friends presumably already know you’re leaving so there’s no reason letting potential criminals know your intentions. Everyone will be just as delighted by the wonderful things you saw after you safely return home. Hold the Mail - The USPS has made it easier than ever to put a hold on your mail you can do it online right now. Unplugged - If an electrical item is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An effortless way to cut back on energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug some of your electronics. Something that you may not think of unplugging is your garage door. It will save you energy and it will also be another safeguard for your home. Adjust the thermostat - If you’re on vacation there’s no sense keeping your home heated and cooled to your comfort level. If you have a digital thermostat you can set the thermostat back to your ideal level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some simple tips to add to your spring break prep checklist, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about protecting your home this season or want to talk about additional energy saving tips, give Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning in Wyandotte a call at 734-284-1224 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.